Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

21st Annual Lenten Devotions

Walking Through Lent with Martin Luther

A Celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Whether you are a family of one or ten, we hope you can be inspired and given food for the journey of Lent by Martin Luther’s words and meditations written by members of Good Shepherd.

The invitation to read and study Martin Luther’s Small Catechism together during Lent and the Reformation anniversary year 2017 is taking root in congregations across the ELCA. As Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton put it, “One could argue that no other experience is more universally Lutheran than studying this little book – the Small Catechism”.  Drawing from the vast collection of Luther’s sermons and other works, Gracia Grindal has selected forty inspiring passages that raise profound truths about faith and life based on Luther’s Small Catechism.

At a special time of day, perhaps after the evening meal, you can do the following with family members taking turns with the different parts:

Light a candle

Read Martin Luther’s Words

Read the Biblical Wisdom

Read the Meditation

Talk or meditate about your own reflections

Say the prayer

Feel free to share Lenten Devotional Booklets with your relatives, friends, neighbors and/or colleagues as we share the Good News of our life in Jesus Christ through our stories of faith.

Suzanne Gillam
Christian Education Director


This is the twenty-first year that members of Good Shepherd’s congregation have joined together in writing and publishing a Lenten Devotional Booklet.  This year’s topic will be reflections on Martin Luther’s words discussing the three major parts of the Small Catechism as we spend some time each day –

Walking Through Lent With Martin Luther

  • Days 1-5 Prayer
  • Days 6-16 The Ten Commandments     
  • Days 17-23 The Apostles Creed
  • Days 24-37 The Lord’s Prayer
  • Days 38-39 Confession / Forgiveness
  • Day 40 Conclusion

As we take time in daily devotions this year from Ash Wednesday until Easter, we will be privileged to read the thoughts, words, stories and prayers of fellow members.  We ask the Lord to guide our Lenten journey and lead us to an increased understanding of the Small Catechism and Martin Luther’s intent.

Along with your booklet, you should also take one of the new Global Barnyard Piggy Banks.  As we move through the 40 days of Lent, we will remember those who hunger.  At the bottom of each devotion, you will be encouraged to add a few coins to your World Hunger Piggy Bank. 

The theme is ELCA World Hunger’s 40 DAYS of GIVING.  The suggestions are based on the ELCA’s 40 day Hunger Calendar: Living Simply with God

It’s easy . . . just pick a coin of choice – 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, or $1. Together as a family or individually respond to the daily suggestion. By joining together with other ELCA congregations across the country, we can help achieve World Hunger’s goal for 2017 to raise $1 million during Lent. Our gifts to ELCA World Hunger will help give our brothers and sisters around the world opportunities to earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.